I recently realized that despite what I said in last week's Joy List Monday post, I haven't been enjoying summer like I usually do. Haven't been lying out on a blanket in the grass with the dogs.
Or eating meals on our patio. Or even cutting flowers for the house.
Last year I endeavored to Savor Summer. This year summer's getting lost in the shuffle.
But summer's not over yet. It's not too late to savor it.
To spend a few hours outside without a plan. Letting go and paying attention to the magic that is going on all around me.
It's a constant struggle. To be still. To be present. To pay attention.
Maybe I sound like a broken record each week as I share my struggle. But I think I'm not the only one who struggles with this. I think we all can use a reminder to slow down. To pay attention. To listen and look and smell (and taste and touch) and savor.
What about you? Are you savoring summer? Are you enjoying each day? What's going to be on your Joy List?
Joy List Monday:
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day
- perfect weather
- making ratatouille with all good things from my garden (and a few from my mom's)
- cutting bouquets of flowers for the house
- spending time reading in the garden with Matthias and the dogs
- eating the first of our refrigerator pickles (so good... and seriously so easy; I used a version of this recipe)
- having breakfast at the farm with my family
- working on my next Skillshare class (if you haven't signed up for Skillshare at the special rate of 3 months for $.99 you still can. Access my class and thousands of others).
- spying a perfect crescent moon in the evening sky
- sending off a couple original paintings to new homes
- bits of a double rainbow in the sky on my way home from work
- buying a bottle of bubbles for $.50 and spending some time in the garden blowing bubbles
- Queen Anne's Lace and chicory blooming along the roadsides
- planning a couple crafty projects for the house
- watching the clouds
- the scent of basil
- our hummingbird visitor in the garden all the time